Tuesday, December 06, 2005


I put in almost 3 hours of running today. Nice change of pace from the bike and it gave me a great chance to keep the hunter in me alive. With the very cold weather we are having right now, it's either running, skiing or sitting on the trainer at home. As I've said many times before, I love to train outdoors. I'm planning to run for around 3 hours tomorrow as well. I pushed myself a bit harder today, with heart-rates around 84-85% of max HR. Of course, I stayed 100% aerobic (sort of an aerobic time trial), but the body felt great and responded very well to the increase in pace. No stiffness in my legs and I felt as though I could easily go much faster. Running is certainly not "low impact" though and I can feel it in my legs now... I'm sure I'm going to feel it even more after tomorrow's session. I'm also on track with regards to my weight loss, I'm down to about 149lbs now which is a move in the right direction. I can still need to lose another 7lbs or so, but I've got 6-7 months to accomplish that. That's it for me today, not much else to report. As always, thanks for visiting.


Blogger asssssssssss said...

I love running:) Maybe not for 3 straight hours(1,5 would be more like it) but still:).I live in a big city but still there's only 3km to the nearest forest so I can enjoy jogging in the forest without having to use a car to get there in the first place:)

Blogger hello said...

Hi, interesting blog you have here, one of the better I've read. How do you get your weight down? I find it really hard to lose weight, even though I train quite a lot and eat helthy food.

Blogger servento said...

I'm from Norway too (Stavanger), and I love cycling. It's not easy to ride outdoors here these days, with 0 degrees (C) and icy roads.

Just one thought: Your goal is the London Olympics, but as far as I know, the cycling route hasn't been published yet. What if the race profile doesn't suit you at all?

Good luck with your training!

Blogger mags said...

Yes, I believe strongly in cross training such as running and cross country skiing. Especially during the early stages of the pre-season, where building a solid base is the number one goal. Of course, later in the season - it needs to be more specific, on-the-bike type of training. Not to mention that running gives you a "fresh" outlook on the training and serves as a good change of pace.
About the weight loss - I lose weight slowly and carefully. By restricting my caloric intake about 300-500 calories a day, I manage to lose weight, while still being able to sustain the high training loads. In other words, you need to balance the need for energy in order to train, with a reduced food intake. I feel that reducing the weight is best done early in the pre-season, when you are mainly focusing on low intensity, long rides. Later in the season, when you start more high intensity training, you really need all the energy you can get. Following this method works well, as long as you accept that it will take some time. I could write pages and pages about weight loss and the correct method to do it, but I'll leave that for another posting.
It is always nice to hear from a fellow Norwegian. Thank you very much for visiting my blog. I'm glad people from Norway are finding my blog as well. I know Stavanger very well, nice town. I've been living abroad for the last 6 years or so, training and racing. But I still consider myself 110% pure, Norwegian. I go back home as much as possible, often in the off-season and many of my best training sessions are done at home. I create my own personal training camps and they do wonders for me. If I want to clear my mind, I plan a 1-2 week stay with some family, where I can go for long runs in the mountain and on the tundra, or take the mountain bike out through the terrain. That is when I'm truly happy. :) Not to mention the hunting and fishing season...
You bring up a great point with regards to the Olympics in 2012. My goal is more of a metaphor then anything else. 2012 is a long way from now and many things can happen between now and then. I could get injured, sick or they may decide to put together a profile that I cannot realistically win on. More concrete, short terms goals are landing a good (better?) pro-contract, achieving my race goals in 2006 and improving year by year. If, by 2012, I have been able to realize my full potential and avoided any serious injury, the Olympics can serve me well. Of course, like I said, it is more of a "light in the end of the tunnel" then anything else. I hope that answered your question. Thanks for visiting and I hope you stop by again.

Anonymous Ben Saunders said...

Good run! I occasionally do 3 hours, but 1-2 is more usual. Did you take on much food/drink?

My body weight has fluctuated wildly over the last few years (all intentionally) - before last year's expedition I went up to over 190lbs(!!) I'm about 172 right now (I ran a 3:02 marathon at this weight in April) and I was in the 160's when I was racing bikes...

Blogger mags said...

I usually do not eat anything during my runs, even when they are as long as 3 hours. I drink fluids though, as getting dehydrated is more of a concern then "bonking". It's funny, because when I'm on the bike for 3 hours or more, I'm eating a little bit every hour. I probably skip the food when running because it's too much of a hassle to bring it... How much weight did you lose during the expedition, Ben? That's a good time for the marathon, by the way. My "optimal" race weight is about 142-145 pounds, but I've discovered that my running "skills" are getting worse and worse. It seems as though I'm "heavier" in the step every year. I think it's simply a by-product of all the on-the-bike training. Like many (most?) riders, I've got very little upper body mass left, which explains the weight...

Blogger Skibby said...

You were sick 2 days ago, then you darn near run a marathon! Y'all is crazy! Hey I'm thinking of speed-skating as a cross activity, any thoughts?

Blogger mags said...


I am most likely a bit crazy, yes. :) I pay close attention to any illness and never train if the problem is "below the neck". I enjoy running, it gives me a good excuse to get out into the forest and up into the elevations a bit. My body apparently does not love it quite as much anymore though... I don't know much about speed skating, but from what I've been told - it's great cross training. It builds the engine and improves specific muscle endurance, which you will greatly benefit from on the bike. It is also a great way to conduct threshold and above-threshold training. If you try it, let me know how it goes.

Anonymous Ben said...

Mags - I lost around 10kg in 72 days - in the end I'd actually came home heavier than my usual training weight(!) - I'd expected to be on the ice for another three weeks and the nutrition worked a lot better than expected.

I'm always impressed by Jan Kirsipuu and your fellow countryman Thor Hushoved - both around the 80kg mark (and Jan is about the same height as me!) And Magnus Backstedt riding the Vuelta at 95kg is just incredible...

Blogger mags said...


What type of food do you eat as a "pre-expedition" diet, in order to increase your body fat?
Good point with regards to the bigger riders. I think everyone has an image of cyclists being small and very light. This is, of course, in-accurate. Thor, for example, has an optimal race weight in the range you mentioned. He is more of a one-day, classics rider that with all his power and muscle endurance is able to power over many hard climbs. And, he showed everyone this year that he can finish a big stage-race and come out on top. People said he didn't deserve the green jersey, because other high-profile sprinters beat him on some stages -but guess what? In a stage-race you have to finish the WHOLE race. That's the whole point of it. What is more important then having the lowest possible body weight is finding one's optimal weight. The weight where your body performs the best. If a rider such as Thor tried to become a pure climber, it would never work - regardless of how much weight he lost. Just as if a pure climber wanted to be a classics expert - wouldn't work. To a certain extend we all have to work with the body nature (parents?) gave us. That creates the boundaries for us all.

Anonymous Ben said...

Fattening up was actually really hard - psychologically it felt like I was getting less and less fit (although my girlfriend took a strange liking to my new belly...)

Basically I ate more of everything, but especially more fat. Lots of olive oil on pasta, thick butter on bread, full-fat milk, etc etc. Sounds fun, but it was horrible - I had permanent indigestion!

Blogger mags said...

I can imagine the mental "horror" of forcing yourself to fatten up. Of course, it makes perfect sense, but still... I take it you allowed yourself a decent time period to gain this weight.



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